VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Three Lower Mainland municipalities have closed city playgrounds due to concerns over COVID-19.
Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody made the move to close public playgrounds Thursday afternoon.
Statements from all three cities say the decision is the latest in efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Effective immediately, the City of Port Coquitlam is closing all public playgrounds to help stop the
spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Playgrounds will taped off and signs are being posted. pic.twitter.com/RhIIwJrhub
— Brad West (@BradWestPoCo) March 19, 2020
“This is the latest proactive action Port Coquitlam has taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The city closed all civic facilities to the public Monday and postponed a number of upcoming events to ensure the safety of residents,” says a statement from the City of Port Coquitlam.
Effective immediately the City of Port Moody is closing all public playgrounds to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Details here: https://t.co/nDp3xiIy4Y #PortMoody pic.twitter.com/SVuhW7GsRv
— City of Port Moody (@CityofPoMo) March 19, 2020
In all three cities, parks and public washrooms will remain open, and sanitizing efforts will be stepped up.
City officials are, however, encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors in less crowded locations.
“Port Coquitlam offers a vast array of public parks, trails and natural spaces for public and families to play, walk, cycle, stroll and gather,” the statement continues.
Effective immediately, the City of Coquitlam is closing all public playgrounds in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more here: https://t.co/re2Mk9n0aI
For the most up-to-date information from the City, visit https://t.co/8bbxznjUZ2 pic.twitter.com/cYDksnC3Ir
— City of Coquitlam (@cityofcoquitlam) March 20, 2020
“For their mental and physical health, Coquitlam families are encouraged to enjoy the parks and trails throughout the community, while avoiding groups and maintaining a distance of one to two metres from others,” says a statement from the city.
Playgrounds will be taped off and signs will be posted reminding park-goers of the closure.